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Materials Manager (REMOTE)

$40.00 – $50.00 hourly


Last Updated: 1/04/23

Job Description

Position Description

While Category Managers will be responsible for developing and driving Category strategy in line with Procurement Organization objectives, our Material Specialists will report to a Category Manager and support functional partners in managing total spend, vendor relations and procurement of products and services to meet requirements.


  • Strategically manage and support the spend subcategories: Network Equipment & Materials under Network Operations and Construction

  • Identify and realize significant cost savings from assigned categories

  • Oversee development of strategic plans for management of all vendors in assigned categories

  • Coordinate development of Strategic Plans for management of all vendors in assigned categories

  • Recommended targets for contract type, cost savings, service levels and vendor management approach

  • Recommended resource allocations across procurement projects and initiatives based on strategic plan priorities

  • Coordinate development of spend category specific plans. These plans will serve as a primary input into Procurement annual budget planning and KPIs.

  • Coordinate deployment and directed support of analysts and specialists to support strategic analysis and coordinate initiatives

  • Communicate Procurement performance to key internal customers

  • Actively manage all stages of strategic sourcing related to assigned categories:

    • Conduct spend analysis

    • Understand business requirements

    • Analyze supply markets and evaluate vendor risk

    • Assess and mitigate supply chain disruptions

    • Develop and execute competitive bidding schedule

    • Manage end-to-end RFP/vendor selection process and make recommendations for business award

    • Conduct periodic business review and drive continuous improvement in supply base

    • Manage vendor performance management (service level, quality, cost, delivery)

  • Identify and report gaps to Procurement Lead and relevant Functional Team Leads in current process, standards, systems, tools and best practices that Procurement Support functions can support


  • Bachelor's degree - Business, Finance or related field

  • Minimum two (2) years relevant industry experience in strategic sourcing, supply chain management and vendor relationship management

  • Experience from Telco or related Industry, preferred

  • Category experience with assigned spend categories, preferred

  • Line experience and training with a major firm with a significant sourcing practice, preferred

  • Experience with management and selection of vendors

  • Certifications in disciplines such as Procurement, contract review and management or Operational Planning, preferred

  • Strategic sourcing experience and capabilities:

    • Services spend management

    • RFP development and selection process

    • Vendor negotiations

    • Vendor management

  • Results-driven mindset and capabilities, adept at resource prioritization, target setting, budgeting and business case development

  • Excellent project management skills to manage strategy development and execution across multiple service providers and site locations

  • Motivated, high-energy and self-starter business mindset; proven change agent with excellent facilitation and problem-solving skills

  • Cross-functional teams experience and capabilities:

    • Experience working in and driving results in cross-functional teams, as they will regularly interface with site-level purchasing teams and internal customers to drive national category strategy execution

  • Interpersonal skills:

    • Strong interpersonal and vendor management skills, as liaison could serve as a main point of contact for key national vendors

  • Negotiation skills:

    • Track record of successfully shaping the procurement decision-making process in situations where there are competing objectives. Must have some negotiation experience and be comfortable representing the interests in interactions with vendors and other counter-parties

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills required to develop Category strategy, considering:

    • National demand forecasts

    • Contract development

    • Service level requirements

    • Vendor and industry dynamics

  • Proficient in synthesizing apparently unrelated ideas to identify the optimal solution or to develop a coherent plan or vision.

Required Competencies

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other MS Office applications

  • Tools and processes will be in place to provide support; early support required from Business Liaison role to complete selection of tools

Company Details

Chicago, Illinois, United States
WAVSYS is a solutions company offering contract, contract-to-hire, direct placement and managed services to top companies in the United States.